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Illumini Event 2012 Illumini will take you on a journey of Victorian hauntings, explore the dark side of a city long forgotten. Take torch light tours beneath the haunted streets of the city

 

 

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Illumini Event 2012

 

THE VENUE.

The Basement Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT

DATES & TIMES

28th Sept 2012-4th Oct
Open daily 11am-7pm Free
Late Night Openings:
Sat 29th Sept & Thurs 4th Oct till 10pm

Last admission is 15 mins before closing time

OPENING NIGHT

Thursday 27th September 6pm – 10pm Free
Everyone welcome, please arrive early to avoid disappointment

TRAVEL

By tube or rail: Old Street (Exit 3 ) 6 mins walk, Liverpool Street 12mins walk . Shoreditch High Street London Overground station is approximately 7 minutes' walk

By Bus: Routes 26, 35, 47, 48, 55, 67, 78, 135, 149, 242 and 243 stop nearby.

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Programme of Events

The event will start with a grand opening night on 27th Sept from 6pm-10pm. Free entertainment, were everyone is welcome. Live acts: light shows, performance artists, tarot reading, travel back in time with historical costumed performers and many other surprises. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Historical Talks, Tours & Ghost Story Evenings

During Illumini 2012 ,as well as the main exhibition, there will numerous talks, ghost stories and even tours and walks about Dickansian, Haunted and Subterranean London. Most events are free or less other wise stated. For talks you are welcome to just turn up on the day. For disabled and elderly visitors we can offer assistance. If you would like to bring a large group, please contact us so we can accommodate your requirements.

Some tours and walks have limited numbers and have to be booked in advance, each event has full details listed below. Talks are held at the Illumini Event, The Basement Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London or less other wise stated. Details are below on each event, showing the times and description, for further details on the organisation or talker or guide please click on the image or logo . Please note any walks or tours, where their is a small cost, the money goes to the organisation or the guide not to Illumini and is a special reduced price for Illumini Event.

Ghost Story Telling Evening

Sat 29th Sept from 6pm-10pm @ shoreditch Town Hall Basement

RICHARD HOLLAND

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'The strange sites and stranger sights of haunted London'

Sat 29th Sept 6pm Free @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall

Richard Holland, former editor of Paranormal Magazine and current editor of popular website Uncanny UK, highlights some of the most interesting and less well-known haunted locations he found while developing his SmartPhone app Ghost Finder London. Richard will also describe some of the weirdest and scariest ghosts he learnt about while carrying out his research.

AARDVARK PRODUCTIONS

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'Dr Knox and the Widow Baker'


Sat 29 th Sept 7pm Free
@ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement

A Gruesome Twosome, complete with their handcart of body parts tell the grisly tale of Victorian Bodysnatchers. An interactive horror story lasting about 20 minutes suitable for all ages

BIRGITTA HOSEA

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'Medium'

Birgitta Hosea will be performing 'Medium' live at the following times:
Thursday 27th: 6-6.45, 7-7.45, 8-8.45
Saturday 29th: 6-6.45, 7.30-7.45, 8-8.45
Thursday 4th: 6-6.45, 7-7.45
Video documentation of the piece will play at all other times.

Inspired by Victorian spirit photographs, this tableau vivant will explore the ghostly nature of film. Taking the role of a techno-medium, Birgitta Hosea will channel messages from dead actresses captured on film and from disembodied radio signals. These messages will be manifested through her multiple video doubles and live projections of automatic writing, ectoplasmic drawing and animation.


ROSIE MURDIE Ghost Investigator

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From beyond the Grave - ghostly messages from the dead

Sat 29 th 8pm Free
@ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement

Ghosts are featured in many of Charles Dickens novels and short stories often bringing with them warnings of impending doom. Throughout his life Dickens had a fascination with ghosts and was one of the first members of the Ghost Club, which is formed in 1862 study the paranormal. The Victorian era also saw the rise of the spiritualist movement with mediums purporting to receive messages from the dead. But can the dead really communicate with us and is there any evidence that these messages are genuine? In this talk I will examine some of the stories and theories on the subject illustrated with drawings and photos of ghosts.

BRUNEL MUSEUM

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' Brunel's First and Last Projects: Haunted Tunnel, Haunted Ship '

Talk on Sat 29 th Sept 9 pm Free @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement , then party move onto the Brunel Museum to see the tunnels grand entrance hall, for the tour this costs £6, all money goes to the museum not Illumini.

Brunel was a triumphant engineer. His Tunnel is the oldest tunnel in the oldest metro system in the world , and his ship was the world's first modern ocean liner, but six men died in the Tunnel and two unfortunates were found trapped in the hull of the Great Eastern.

Robert Hulse, Director of The Brunel Museum, tells the story of two remarkable hauntings and afterwards leads the party by London Overground to see the ghostly arches of the underwater fair before a careful descent into the secret underground chamber where the six men drowned.

Please note : temporary access into the underground chamber is severely restricted . Please contact Illumini or Brunel Museum if you have any doubts

 

Ghost Story Telling Evening

Thurs 4th Oct from 6pm-10pm @ shoreditch Town Hall Basement

AILEEN BUTLER

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Magic Lantern show- Victorian humour on Victorian moving slides

Thurs 4th Oct 6pm
Free @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement

Victorian humour was slap-stick, politically incorrect (nowadays!) and maybe not now humourous at all! Come and judge for yourselves at a show of genuine Victorian moving slides projected on a Victorian magic lantern! Magic lantern shows were their entertainment; let it be yours at 6pm on thurs 4th Oct.

CHARLOTTE COATES

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A Victorian Ghost Story

Thurs 4th Oct 7pm
Free @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement

When not conquering far flung places or building important things the Victorians liked nothing better than sitting by the fire and listening to a good old spooky story.

Charlotte Coates invites you a lo-tech reading of a genuinely spine chilling story, an unpleasant tale that will leave you feeling unnerved and discombobulated. Charlotte will prove that you don't need CGI or 3d or anything fancy to get a fright – your imagination and dark room are all that's required.

JENNY PHILLIPS

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'Is this the face of Jack the Ripper'

Thurs 4th Oct 8pm @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall. Free

Is this what the face of Jack the Ripper looked like? Was he a local man or a visitor to the area? How did he manage to evade capture when surely he must have been noticeably bloodstained as many homeless were wandering the streets at night? What would happen if this crime occurred today, would he still evade capture? Why is he called Jack not Edward Thomas or Harold the Ripper? Would you like to know the answer to these and other questions you may have on this gruesome fascinating character? If so join us, no need to book just turn up

RICHARD JONES

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'Ghosts of Britain and Ireland'

Thurs 4th Oct 9pm
Free @ Illumini Event Shoreditch Town Hall Basement


A journey through the spectral places of Britain and Ireland. Ghost hunter and author Richard Jones takes you to some of the most haunted places of this spectred realm and tells the stories of the ghosts that have been seen there. chilling, fascinating and amusing in equal measure this talk will open your eyes to the darker side of Britain.

Tours & Walks

Please note any walks or tours, where their is a small cost, the money goes to the organisation or the guide not to Illumini and is a special reduced price for Illumini Event.

Brian Cookson

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The Story of Dickens (Walk)

Fri 28th Sept 11am Free

Hear the story of Charles Dickens's life as we walk through areas of London frequented by himself and his characters. We start where the young David Copperfield worked in a factory, based on Dickens's own experience. On our way we explore Fleet Street and its alleyways, ending up at the Inns of Court, home of the lawyers who are so often lampooned in his novels.

Limited to 30 places only. Booking required. Meet at Blackfriars tube station exit near The Blackfriar pub. To book please email us

Boo Tours

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Pirates of Execution Dock (Ghost Walk)

Fri 28th Sept, 19:30 Free
Sorry this walk is Full

A guided ghost tour of London's East End riverside. Includes haunted gallows, ledgendary pirate tales, scary monsters and Dickens' pubs!

Meet outside Shadwell Overground/DLR Station Watney Street E1 2PH

Booking essential, limited to 20 people. To book this walk please email illumini

Brunel Museum

 

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Please note tours leave from the Brunel Museum, however on Saturday Night where there is a free talk @ Illumini Event at 9pm (See other listing)

Illumini is very pleased to have The Brunel Museum involved, they do some outstanding work for the community, which is a passion of ours and also preserving our history of subterranean spaces.We hope you can support them by going to see this eighth wonder of the world!

Special event: Sat 29 th Sept & Sun 30 th Sept Tours of the Grand Entrance Hall of The Thames Tunnel Tickets £ 6

Crawl through a short tunnel to descend by temporary staircase into a ghostly chamber , half the size of Shakespeare's Globe, but hidden underground. This forgotten subterranean amphitheatre is where six people lost their lives and from which Brunel barely escaped. Illumini will present artists Jojo Taylor (Sculpture) & Jane Webb (Sound) with an installation entitled ‘Six Hundred Feet, Six Dead'. Their interpretation – not for the faint hearted! - is a death rictus in glass coffins, smoke, coruscating lights and visceral sound installation.

The Grand Entrance Hall not only echoed with the sound of the poor miners, it was the haunt of other unfortunates:  ‘ne'er do wells, fairground entertainers and women no better than they should be' (Michael Palin). For 14 5 years the chamber has lain entirely inaccessible, and now the Brunel Museum is fundraising for a grand re-opening. September tours take place on Sat 29 th late 10pm & Sun 30 th in the afternoon . All proceeds from the tours to the building fund.

Tickets cost £ 6 and include admission to the Museum. Tours leave 22 .00 on Saturday 29 th Sept (or 21.00 from Illumini @Shoreditch Town hall) and hourly 12.00 to 16.00 Sunday 30 th Sept from Brunel Museum . No need to book, just turn up on the day

Friends of West Norwood Cemetery

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Tour of West Norwood Catacombs Sat 29th Sept & Sun 30th sept @10am. £5

The original design of the cemetery included an Anglican mortuary chapel (now demolished).  The catacombs beneath the site remain intact.  Visitors will be able to see a series of brick vaults supported on brick walls and piers.  The layout is regular and symmetrical and consists of a tall central gallery and 6 corridors at right angles to the gallery to the North and South that give access to the vaults containing approximately 2,500 coffins.  In the middle of the central gallery is the unique hydraulic catafalque by Bramah and Robinson and dates 1839.  This was used to transfer coffins into the catacombs silently and reverently from the chapel above.  

Please meet inside the main entrance arch off the Norwood Road – near the cemetery offices. The tours are limited to 20 people booking is essential. Please email Friends of West Norwood Cemetery direct for booking details. £5 membership fee goes to the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery.

Boo Tours

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Pirates of Execution Dock (Ghost Walk)
Sorry this walk is Full

Monday 1st Oct, 19:30 - Free

A guided ghost tour of London's East End riverside. Includes haunted gallows, ledgendary pirate tales, scary monsters and Dickens' pubs!

Meet outside Shadwell Overground/DLR Station Watney Street E1 2PH

Booking essential, limited to 20 people. To book this walk please email illumini

 

Viaduct Tavern

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Prison Cells in Viaduct Tavern Cellars
Free to customers only during and also after the Illumini Event.

The Viaduct has an exciting history - it sits on the site of the Giltspur Comptor, a debtors' jail affiliated to Newgate Prison, and five of the original cells are still visible in the cellar and said to be haunted. Originally it was built as a gin palace and much of the Victorian style is still displayed.

As part of the Illumini Event, The Viaduct tavern on quieter times can show customers, the cells in the cellar. The best times to pop in are Mon between 3pm-5pm and Mon & Tues after 8pm. Please note if staff are busy this may not always be possible. Other times may also be possible, depending on the staffs discretion.

Please note: Illumini or The Viaduct Tavern can not be held responsible for any accident while attending the cellar cells. There is a steep staircase that descends to the cellars you enter at your own risk.

Boo Tours

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Pirates of Execution Dock (Ghost Walk)

Tuesday 2nd Oct, 19:30 - Free
Sorry this walk is Full

A guided ghost tour of London's East End riverside. Includes haunted gallows, ledgendary pirate tales, scary monsters and Dickens' pubs!

Meet outside Shadwell Overground/DLR Station Watney Street E1 2PH

Booking essential, limited to 20 people. To book this walk please email illumini

Jenny Phillips

 

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Jack the Ripper Walk

Wed 3rd Oct 8pm. £5

Is this what the face of Jack the Ripper looked like? Was he a local man or a visitor to the area? How did he manage to evade capture when surely he must have been noticeably bloodstained as many homeless were wandering the streets at night? What would happen if this crime occurred today, would he still evade capture? Why is he called Jack not Edward Thomas or Harold the Ripper? Would you like to know the answer to these and other questions you may have on this gruesome fascinating character? If so book a walk with me for one night only in conjunction with the Illumini Event 2012.

There is a maximum limit of 45 people on a first come first served basis so book ASAP! Meet at Aldgate East Underground Station Exit 4. Opposite the Whitechapel Art Gallery

.Please note the £5 fee goes direct to Jenny Phillips your historian for the evening, not Illumini. Booking in advance is essential and to be made direct with Jenny click here to email her direct.